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ASIS&T Bulletin by Mike Buschman and Andrea Michalek, April/May 2013
It is not surprising that a metric created in the pre-digital world of the 1960s misses a lot of impact and usage. That failure does not make citation analysis inherently bad; it is still a useful tool. But, it does make it inadequate for a complete picture of the usage and impact both of research articles and other research artifacts. To create that complete picture, Plum Analytics studied all of the ways that research artifacts, from articles to videos and everything in between, are made available and used...
By capturing valuable metrics in all of these categories and creating a more complete representation of research and researchers, Plum is able to provide a more holistic picture than traditional citation analysis. While many will claim that these newer metrics are “alternative,” it is our position that all these metrics are anything but alternative. They are readily available, abundant and essential.
Library Journal, The Digital Shift by Matt Enis, Feb 5, 2013
Researchers have long contended with a problem with timeliness. Peer-reviewed articles are often published about a year after submission. Likewise, peer-reviewed articles that cite, praise, criticize, or discredit their work won’t appear for at least another year after that. As a result, there can be a lag of three to five years before citations begin offering enough information to indicate the effect that a given piece of research has had on a field. Even then, citations alone may not offer a complete view of the impact of that research.
“Measuring the impact of research through the traditional methods—counting citations in published literature—is important, but it doesn’t tell the whole story,” said Timothy Deliyannides, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing and Head of Information Technology for the University of Pittsburgh.
The Scholarly Kitchen by Judy Luther, July 25, 2012
The most recent entrant in this arena is Plum Analytics, founded by Andrea Michalek and Mike Buschman, who were team leaders in the successful development and launch of ProQuest’s Summon. Andrea is building a “researcher reputation graph” that mines the web, social networks, and university-hosted data to map relationships between a researcher, his institution, his work, and those who engage with it.
Information Today by Barbara Quint, June 28, 2012
According to Rush Miller, university librarian and director at the University of Pittsburgh, the Plum service will “work in tandem with traditional measures to assess the impact of Pitt research in non-traditional venues. These days scholars are no longer waiting to publish their research in formal publications. They’re using Twitter, social networks, blogs, etc. to publish research and thoughts as they occur. Plum will match Pitt’s researchers to their own database.”
Library Journal, The Digital Shift by Michael Kelley, May 31, 2012
Two prominent veterans of the library vendor world recently launched a startup company which aims to capitalize on the rapidly flowering field of altmetrics... Altmetrics (short for alternative metrics) provides a new way to measure the impact of scholarly communication. Rather than rely solely on the traditional and slow measure of citations in peer-reviewed articles (the impact factor), altmetrics provides a complementary, instant measurement window that includes all Web-based traces of research communication. It pulls together all the usage data about each individual output a researcher has produced.
Guest editorial by Plum co-founder, Mike Buschman, in UKSG eNews April 13, 2012
Academic libraries are inherently involved in the research creation process as well as the procurement and collection of research. Thus, they are uniquely positioned to affect change in order to provide science with more timely, open, and modern ways of scholarly communication.
Reforming research assessment eLIFE by Randy Schekman and Mark Patterson, May 16, 2013
Riding the crest of the altmetrics wave: How librarians can help prepare faculty for the next generation of research impact metrics preprint on arxiv.org by Scott Lapinski, Heather Piwowar, and Jason Priem
A vision for a better future – using new tools of openness and transparency to improve the scientific process Reciprocal Space by Stephen Curry, April 22, 2013
Track research impact, use altmetrics! shazino by Astrid Pellieux, April 18, 2013
Challenging, cajoling and rewarding the community for their contributions to online chemistry Slide presentation by Antony Williams at ACS New Orleans, April 17, 2013
Article-Level Metrics -- A SPARC Primer SPARC by Greg Tananbaum, April 16, 2013
#altmetrics 101 and why you need to know about them Slide presentation by Michelle Dalton, University of Limerick, April 15, 2013
Altmetrics and open access: a measure of public interest Australian Open Access Support Group by Pat Loria, 12 April 2013
Altmetrics: Rethinking the Way We Measure Serials Review by Finbar Galligan and Sharon Dyas-Correla, Volume 39, Issue 1, March 2013, Pages 56-61
Altmetrics and Evaluating Scholarly Impact: What’s out there and how can we participate? Kevin the Librarian blog of Kevin Read, Medical Librarian, March 9, 2013
The new metrics cannot be ignored – we need to implement centralised impact management systems to understand what these numbers mean LSE Impact of Social Sciences by Pat Loria, March 5, 2013
Research Methods: Altmetrics Evidence Based Library and Information Practice by Virginia Wilson, Vol 8, No 1 (2013), Accepted 8 Feb. 2013
Navigating the altmetrics maze Euroscientist February 4, 2013
Ask the Chefs: What Are STM Publishers Doing Wrong? the scholarly kitchen January 16, 2013
some bibliometrics Clari's Blog December 19, 2012
Altmetrics por todas partes CEU Library blog November 22, 2012
Overview of the altmetrics landscape Charleston Conference talk, by Richard Cave, November 10, 2012
Article Impact (ALM and altmetrics) Charleston Conference talk on Article-Level Metrics and altmetrics for publishers and librarians, by Richard Cave, November 7, 2012
The Changing Face of Journal Metrics Elsevier Editors' Update by Mike Taylor and Judith Kamalski, 30 Oct 2012
Alternative metrics Nature Materials editorial published 23 October 2012
Scholarly metrics with a heart by Pedro Beltrao, November 06, 2012
Trip Report: PLOS Article Level Metrics Workshop and Hackathon Paul Groth, VU University of Amsterdam, November 1 – 3, 2012
Altmetrics: an App Review Presented at OCLC Innovation in Libraries post-conference event, LITA Forum 2012, by Stacy Konkiel
Article-level metrics: which service to choose? BMJ Web Development Blog by Claire Bower, October 26, 2012
Protagoras Meets Plum Analytics presentation by Gordon Mitchell, October 15, 2012
Plum Analytics: a new player in the field of altmetrics? BMJ Web Development Blog by Claire Bower, September 28, 2012
Researcher Graph Helps Academics, Institutions Understand Works' Influence semanticweb.com by Jennifer Zaino, July 18, 2012
Assessing Scholarly Impact JoelGehman.com March 23, 2012
Plum Analytics: “kind of like Nielson ratings” for academic research launches Alpha Technically Philly March 14, 2012
Plum Analytics disrupts academic traditions with metrics that create fast track to prestige Flying Kite March 13, 2012
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